Ga­jraj Rao misses his theatre days in Delhi, keen to do a play soon

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - Live - - ENTERTAINMENT - Shreya Mukher­jee

Ga­jraj Rao, who has been part of ac­claimed films such as Hazaaron Kh­waishein Aisi (2003), Aamir (2008), and Tal­var (2015), says his stint in theatre in Delhi helped him grow as an ac­tor. Rao, who also runs an ad film pro­duc­tion house, says that he misses be­ing a part of plays.

“Per­form­ing on stage in front of a live au­di­ence is not easy, so the prepa­ra­tion be­hind every per­for­mance helped us bet­ter our skills. These days, I don’t get to do theatre a lot as I am busy with web shows, films, and my pro­duc­tion house. I’d love to do a play some­time, but the Mumbai theatre scene is very dif­fer­ent from Delhi and, some­how, I don’t con­nect with the culture,” says the ac­tor, who will be seen in the up­com­ing film Bad­haai Ho.

Quite ex­cited about his role in the film, Rao adds that he is happy to get the chance to play a char­ac­ter like Ji­ten­dra Kaushik, who is some­one that a lot of peo­ple might con­nect with. Ac­cord­ing to the ac­tor, many will feel that they have heard sim­i­lar sto­ries and oth­ers might feel that they know some­one like Kaushik.

“You don’t get to por­tray such roles every day, which is the first thing that I loved about the role. The un­easi­ness is ex­pected, given the plot; I was more wor­ried about liv­ing up to the ex­pec­ta­tion. I’m thank­ful to (di­rec­tor) Amit Sharma who guided me well. Since I know him for quite some time, that equa­tion also helped,” he says.

Ac­tor Ga­jraj Rao says he finds it tough to con­nect with the culture of Mumbai theatre as it is very dif­fer­ent from the Delhi scene

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